It's become a familiar routine, for many of us -- especially the parents of heavily programmed children -- the hasty dash through the fast-food drive-thru. Soccer practice is over; dance classes are soon to come: and so the family chauffeur, hastily scrawled list in hand, dictates the menu selections through the crackly microphone. "One of this, two of that, hold the onions ... Yes, you can super-size it ... What's that again? ... What? ... Yes, we'd like a girl's toy for the Jolly Meal."
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.